Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944 [F-19-41]
|Presenter:||Douglas (Doug) Rose|
|Location:||SUNY: Maxcy 104|
|Classes:||4 Sessions 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Wed 3:00 PM 10/02, 10/09, 10/16, 10/23|
The year 1944 was quite notable for the Allies, with crucial triumphs including D-Day, the liberations of Rome and Paris, and the “island-hopping” campaign in the Pacific. However, an often-overlooked battle was fought that October in the Philippines with the invasion of Leyte Island, marking General Douglas MacArthur’s triumphant return. Leyte Gulf was where the U.S. and Imperial Japanese navies engaged in the largest sea battle in history, involving nearly 300 ships and 200,000 sailors and aviators. This course will focus on the roles of key USN and IJN personnel, on each navy’s bold plans to achieve victory, and on some astounding events involving both navies.
Doug Rose developed an interest in World War II during his teens in the 1960s. While teaching “War and Literature” at SUNY Canton, he assigned various texts about the war to his students, including The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Thomas J. Cutler.